Defending ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson scored an
incredible wave with just seconds remaining in the Finals against Michel Bourez
to win the Oakley Pro Bali in solid four to six foot waves at Keramas, Bali. Parkinson
was backed against the wall as Bourez was on the verge of winning the contest
when Parkinson got a wave and scored the necessary points to win the event.
“That was amazing,” said Parkinson. “That was the coolest
experience coming up the sand. It wasn’t the greatest of the finals and I knew
it wasn’t over. I figured if I got the best wave towards the end figured I’d
have a chance. Michel (Bourez) ripped and was probably the most in form surfer
of the event. I dropped off my four fin back to my three fin and just didn’t
get a good pump in that one good barrel and was hoping it didn’t lose me the
final. From then on I knew I had to go to do turns.”
With the win the defending ASP World Champion is now third
overall in the ASP World Tour rankings after Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater.
“This gives me heaps of motivation moving forward,” said Parkinson. “I’ve had
two bad results and I knew I could change it around, but I’m glad I did it now
rather than later. This win is so special because the event had such a good
vibe around the event and such good energy about it. This was huge. The event
lived up to they hype because guys were going absolutely crazy. It was one of
the best events I’ve been involved in.”
shifts to the heavy barrels of Teahupoo with the contest window of the
Billabong Pro Teahupoo opening on August 15th and closing August 26th. All photos credit to Kirstin and Hayden-Smith
with the ASP and Russ Hennings with Oakley Inc.
Visit oakleyprobali.com for complete Oakley Pro Bali event info.